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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Page: 5180


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (1:45 PM) —Mr Acting Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Mark Bishop)—Leave is granted for two minutes.


Senator BOB BROWN —I just want to follow up on the point that Senator Milne so cogently made. If the rearrangement of business is because the messages are coming through from the House later, that is a matter, I submit, for the government. I have been in here long enough to know that messages from the House can come through very quickly or they can come through very slowly. I know that some very important amendments to the renewable energy legislation are going to be proposed which are going to require studious debate by the Senate, and the government is now putting the debate off till later to force the debate to be truncated.


Senator Ian Macdonald —Don’t you believe that!


Senator BOB BROWN —As the out of order member from the coalition benches interjects, they will not get a truncated debate from the Greens. This matter is too important to be manipulated by the government in the fashion in which it is aiming to do so.